Friday, January 29, 2010

We are building a religion...


...a limited edition!

Laura Mercier Caviar Dreams to be exact. This was a limited edition polish from the Winter 2008 Black Tie Collection. I just acquired this beauty and I just have to rave! It is a gorgeous polish with a dark charcoal base that shimmers a vibrant emerald green or sometimes when you least expect it, a deep eggplant. I thought the best way to describe this polish was like black pearls - it has the same iridescent qualities that change in the light.

I tried my best to capture her different personalities:

Can you see the hint of aubergine shimmer?


The green shimmer is more vibrant in real life!

The one problem with this polish - application! It's a shame because I think the formula is actually pretty decent - this was two coats of highly pigmented glory. The brush is just so cumbersome that it makes applying it feel like you're trying to land a 747 on a postage stamp. The bottle looks much like Chanel bottles - it has a large square cap. (See pic below!) However, while with Chanel you can slide off the square cap to reveal a much more dextrous, more petite brush handle, this square cap is attached to the brush - ugh! But to me, this polish was worth the trouble. Its gorgeous. Elegant, but somehow very intriguing...



And now I wouldn't feel right showing you a limited edition polish without suggesting an obtainable alternative! Although I don't own it to swatch it - from the pictures I've seen/people I've talked to, Borghese Stellare Notte seems to replicate this fairly well. They are both deep charcoal bases with green and purple shimmer. From the looks of it the difference is that the purple is more prominent in the Borghese whereas the green is more prominent in Caviar Dreams.

Do any of you have Borghese Stellare Notte? What do you think?

On another note - I got a digital camera!! Yes, all of my photos have been from my phone. My awesome phone with auto-adjusting macro, but still a phone. I still haven't figured out my new camera so bear with me, but I hope to give you better pics in the future!

kittytokaren


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13 comments:

gildedangel said...

That is beautiful!

mKat said...

That is a gorgeous, gorgeous colour. Almost duochrome... Really beautiful on you, too!

Whitney G said...

Are you now accepting callers for those pendant keychains? ;-)

This is a bee-yoooo-tiful color. I love how it looks like black pearls. Very classy.

Grace said...

I'm so glad that you're posting here now. Although I've loved this blog for a quite a while, I now feel like one of you actually has similar taste in polish to my own! This is gorgeous. It's a shimmer that's actually a bit sophisticated (i.e. doesn't look like it came out of a bonne belle package and belongs on a 6 year old girl). I will definitely be picking up the dupe!

jbrobeck said...

some people drink pepsi, some people drink coke
the wacky morning dj's says,
hey, nice nails!

kittytokaren said...

@gildedangel: you are always so fast to comment - I don't know how you do it! <3

@mKat: thank you mah dahling! :)

@Whitney G & @jbrobeck: I am now accepting callers...for these beautiful...pendant keychains... I am so glad that you ladies get the reference! <3<3<3 I'm sure that most people think I'm just really crazy. And yeah I'm not big into props but I had to show my black pearls with it - the look is the same!

@Grace: You have no idea how much it means to 'hear' you say that. I honestly considered never blogging about my polish because I'm not into glitter and I'm on the conservative side! Let me know what you think of Stellare Notte - I've yet to see it in real life!

<3 kittytokaren

Michèle said...

This looks really good on you! Loving the pics with the beads too :-).

laquermanic.com said...

That is a nice color. I have wanted to try Borghese for a looong time, but it's impossible to get hold of from Norway. Or I just haven't stumbled across a retailer who ships internationally. And I don't mind seeing limited editions as I realize I can't have them all ... :)

kittytokaren said...

Dank je wel Michele! :) Wat ben je lief!

@laquermanic: You know I've never tried Borghese either! If you want to set up a CP with me just contact me. :)

~Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard said...

I am always drawn to colors like this BECAUSE of my love for the black pearl. This is gorgeous!Guess I'll have to see if I can find this one. Though I do have Stellar Notte (and recently compared it to Nubar Peacock Feathers on my blog - shameless plug.) I just can't help myself with colors like this.
Maybe, one day, I'll have a helmer of my own filled with nothing but pearlized colors of all kinds, but at least 3 drawers will be filled with the "black pearl" look.

kittytokaren said...

Ooo thank you! Just checked out that post and it really does look like Stellare Notte is the reverse of Caviar Dreams - indoors it shimmers green, outdoors it shimmers purple. CD is the opposite, but they both have that 'black pearl' look about them thats just amazing. I'm with you I love black pearls too! Thanks for the shameless plug - I'm now a follower ;)

Rebecca said...

Beautiful colour!

alabasterlacquer said...

Wow this is a unique color I like! Too bad it is a LE. Congrats on the camera I know how you feel I am doing the same thing at the moment with my phone and taking pic for my blog and they are terrible lol but this next month I will be getting my camera too yay! Love your blog btw and love this color.

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